Karl RemónThompson


Washington + 1.202.879.3440

Karl Thompson counsels clients about, and litigates cases involving, complex statutory and constitutional questions.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2017, Karl spent nearly three years as the head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). In that role, he provided authoritative legal advice to the President, the Attorney General, and the executive branch agencies on the legality of proposed executive branch action. While at OLC, Karl signed formal opinions and provided informal advice about a wide range of subjects, including national security, fiscal and administrative law, cybersecurity, banking, treaty interpretation, economic sanctions, immigration, congressional oversight, and the constitutional separation of powers. He also supervised the work of all OLC attorneys, including four deputy assistant attorneys general, and represented OLC in its interactions with senior executive branch officials, including the counsel to the President, the Attorney General, and the general counsels of the cabinet agencies.

Prior to serving as head of OLC, Karl was a counselor to the U.S. Attorney General, handling issues related to the Civil Division, the Solicitor General's office, and OLC. He also previously served as a deputy assistant attorney general and counsel in OLC.

Before entering government service, Karl worked at a law firm in Washington, where he focused on international and appellate litigation. As part of this practice, he litigated and argued cases in federal courts of appeal, federal district courts, and state courts and drafted numerous briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Karl is a Distinguished Lecturer from Government at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a seminar on executive branch legal interpretation.

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